Book – Adam Copeland on Edge
Author – Adam Copeland
Year – 2004
Genre – Autobiography
I mentioned in a previous blog how something that I dislike is the idea of an autobiography being ghostwritten. That is not to say that I wouldn’t read a ghostwritten autobiography, but it just strikes me that if you say you wrote a book, then you should do the decent thing and actually write it yourself. If you are rubbish at writing then get someone to write a plain biography, or write a crap book. Each of these would be better options in my eyes that pretending that someone else’s words are your own.
And this is the problem with most wrestling autobiographies – they are so ghostwritten as to become awful. Mick Foley kicked off the wrestling autobiography boom with his first book Have A Nice Day (read this year by my nemesis Bob) – a book written in its entirety by Foley himself – but was then followed up with ridiculous lumps such as the books ‘by’ Chyna, Kurt Angle and The Rock – the latter of which was written partly in character.
So I was instantly interested when I heard that the wrestler Edge – also known by his real name of Adam Copeland – had written his book all by himself. This is what I was looking for in one of these memoirs! Unfortunately, he falls ever so slightly into the dreaded camp of ‘being a bit crap at writing’, especially when compared to Foley, but the effort still leaves the book feeling much fresher than some of the other rubbish I have read.
Copeland has a brief overview of his childhood – essential I suppose to ones life story, but in this instance kept just the right length as to not get dull before we hear of the wrestler we have come to know – before he powers on to stories of life on the road, getting his break, and then some of the more memorable feuds he has had over the years. Some of the stories are great, quite funny, and nice to hear about some of the real people behind the ‘Superstars’ of the WWE, but you feel that he could probably pushed more and given you a real insight instead of some of the stories which come off a little ‘You had to be there’. The play by play match analysis is also sometimes a little over the top, especially considering it tends to be based around matches that we have all seen so much of anyway.
But refreshingly, the book is very enjoyable and you come out of it very much liking Edge (this was written before the Matt Hardy-Lita-Edge controversy. I know I am getting a bit wrestlegeek now, but I would have loved to have heard about that from an insiders view and see if he still comes out as likable) and as though you have learned a little of his career. It was written when he was thirty, and before any of his nine World Title reigns, so begs for a sequel, which I hope he will again write himself in a few years time once his career comes to an end.